Government of New Brunswick

Step 1 – What interests me?

What's your favourite thing to do in the whole world?

Imagine doing that … every day … and getting PAID for it!

How great would that be?!

In order to figure out what you want to do after high school, you have to take time to figure out what you're good at and what you like to do.

  • Are you creative?
  • Do you like to work with your hands?
  • Do you like to take things apart and figure out how they work?
  • What makes you “you”?

Get to know yourself a little! If you're going to do something every single day… why not make it something that you're good at and that you'll love?


TIP: Talk to your high school guidance counselor or an employment counselor in your region. 
They can offer you guidance, information and resources you need to help you
make the right career decision for you.


Check out the following links – they'll help you figure out what your strengths are and will point you in the right direction.

  • - See what careers are available, how much you can earn and where these jobs are located.




Step 2 – What's out there?


Welcome to the “ins” and “outs” of the work world!

Ever wonder what level or type of education you need in order to start working at a particular job? What kind of conditions you'll be working in? How much you're gonna get paid? What job opportunities are out there?


TIP: One of the best ways to learn more about a career is to talk to someone who's doing it.
Find someone in your area who's working in that career and ask for an information interview/meeting.
An ‘information interview' is your opportunity to ask questions and hear directly from someone
who's working in that career. It is also a great way to network and
make new contacts with employers!


Check out the following links – the more you know, the easier it will be to make a good choice for yourself.

  • - This tool will help you identify the name of your occupation in Canada and provide you with a detailed labour market information report (containing job duties, skill requirements, wage rates, etc.) for a chosen location in Canada.

Explore careers by sectors/industries:





Step 3 – How can I get some experience?


If you're interested in a particular job … you should look to get some ‘hands on' experience.

Volunteering at a non-profit organization or taking up student work placements are some of the many ways to gain 'hands on' experience. Talk to the people that are already doing it – find out what works for you and … go from there!


TIP: Job Shadowing is a great way to try out a career.
Find a person who's already doing a job that you're interested in
and ask if you could 'job shadow' for a day to
see what the job is all about.


Check out the following links:

  • Canada World Youth – Canada World Youth designs and delivers international educational programs for youth (aged 17-29) with a focus on volunteer work and community development in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Employment Development - Want to take a job for a “test drive”? Here's your chance! Summer job program from the Government of New Brunswick.
  • YMCA Summer Work – Student Exchange – Want to improve your second language skills? Gain work experience? Discover another part of Canada? Check out the Summer Work – Student Exchange program.
  • Volunteer Canada & - Get work experience! Get a head start on your career or earn while you learn! Information on Internships, Volunteering, Co-op Programs and Apprenticeships.